The €100m Beef Brexit Fund must be distributed to all farmers who incurred losses in beef production, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association has insisted.
Pat McCormack, president, said the ICMSA would never accept a distribution of the compensation that discriminated against dairy farmers who had suffered losses on beef that were demonstrably Brexit-related. “A very significant number of dairy farmers also have a beef enterprise and the suggestion that their losses should be ignored is nothing less than a disgrace.”
Mr McCormack said the ICMSA has been categorical about the issue from the outset. Any farmer who suffered a Brexit-related loss on beef production is entitled to compensation from this fund. That was the intention of the fund and that, in a sense, is what ‘it says in the tin.’ It is absolutely crucial that the Department of Agriculture is fair and seen to be fair about distributing the compensation.
Livestock Committee chairperson Des Morrison said the ICMSA will demand that the only fair and just basis for the distribution is that it goes to any farmer who can show a beef loss that is Brexit-related regardless of whether they are dairy, suckler or finisher.